David Ashley – Strictly 4 The Heads


“A mf started the series spring 2016 and kept it going til like January 2k17. I’m just now bringing shit back because it just be feeling invigorating to hit mfs with this music as soon as I make the shit. I try to do it regularly for the Heads and release em on Fridays. Just sharing where my head is at and what’s going on out here. I feel like this series perfect for a nigga like me because all these records in the same vein of what I got coming on my new project in January, u know, like straight up Chicago shit as far as bars go but over a goddamn Colourbox sample or some shit like that. That’s fun part of the whole shit tho, finding samples that wouldn’t be go-to’s or rapping a certain way over certain sounds n shit. I feel like when I’m on that shit I’m giving mfs ME…a nigga who grew up out west and outside the city and wound up in some weird art spaces in Pilsen or some shit lol. Shouts out to Pilsen tho. Sometimes I be wondering if mfs will catch some of the references tho. That shit be fun too. Like, I got a one in pt. 16 that ties in like 3 bars with who I sampled. Lil shit like that be cool asl. That 4 The Heads shit.

Also that nigga Mr. Love Song aka Molly Wa reposted my shit on Instagram so I can pretty much die peacefully now.” – David Ashley

Noah Sims – KINETIC

“The five songs on Kinetic embody the fluidity that I strive for in my production. These were a few of my favorite songs that I’ve made over the past year, and I felt that they fit together cohesively while also showing different directions my music has taken. I want to thank Moses Chisale for spending hours with me on the artwork, and inspiring me throughout the process. I also want to thank Banks The Genius for mastering the project and bringing the music to it’s fullest potential, I’m lucky to have them both as friends and collaborators.” – Noah Sims

VXO – Alcanzarme


The manifold sounds of Connecticut’s experimental musician VXO takes new shape following their earlier release “Why U Call Me” and Color Plus feature “Fade 2”: layered harmonizing vocals cross-stitched into peaking synth melodies and dirty breakbeat rhythms.

“Alcanzarme” is the second single from VXO’s self-titled EP on Vanity Press Records, out 10/20—vinyl preorders available at FIT Detroit. Album art by Ali Bonfils.

Rich Jones – Dreaming (ft. Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, prod. J Kelr, Kenny Keys)

“In times like these, how do you cope? How do you not only endure but flourish, nurturing whatever magic and wonder that does still exist in the world today? I’ve found some semblance of an answer through making records and the friendships I’ve made while doing it. That is especially true for this song. Look out for my new album The Shoulder You Lean On, dropping 11/2.” – Rich Jones

Sayveeyun – Strength

Although none of my lyrics are ever biographical, my struggles with anxiety and identity as a half-Tibetan are always focal points in my work. “Strength” in particular was written when I was thinking about my alienation as a second generation Tibetan and the distance I have from both the Tibetan community, as well as my family in general. It’s a little indulgent, which is why I tend to write less biographically and focus on simpler word and abstract phrases that evoke the same feeling without being too much about myself. It’s the reason why I admire someone like Thom Yorke who is able to write moving lyrics without being too introspective.

 

While making the beat for “Strength”, I wanted to do something that coexisted between my interest in experimental electronic music, Mumdance’s concept of weightless music, punk rock guitar swells, and post rock’s emphasis on changing textures rather than large melodic switch-ups. I believe the result to be something that is still inspired by leftfield pop and bass music without taking too much from deconstructed club.” – Sayveeyun

blvck mass – forest

“Forest is really a product of me trying to refine my sound and find a consistent voice in my music. When I was making all of the beats for this project, I tried to find really emotionally-charged and atmospheric samples to run relatively simple drum tracks over. When I first started doing my own vocals, I would kinda just write whatever lyrics and throw them together on a song, as long as they rhymed had a certain flow to them. Now I’m focusing less on rhyme schemes and filling time, and trying to write lyrics that are actually meaningful to me, that are expressive and don’t take a backseat to the instrumental.

I kinda stumbled into this project on accident, to be honest. I made the title track “Forest” a couple of days after I went for a walk by myself in a small area of woods near my house. I’m from a small town in Canada that’s pretty environmentally conscious so there are forests fucking everywhere. I started developing this concept of a proverbial “forest” in this song, but all it really means is a state of solitude and reflection. The song turned out great and I felt like I had more room to expand on the concept, and that eventually turned into these 6 songs.

The entirety of the work was done in the summer when all of my roommates had moved back home for the summer, so I was spending a lot of time alone, probably too much to be honest. Especially at night. I was trying to flesh out this idea of being stuck in your head all of the time that I really did get stuck in my own head and it took me to some kind of dark places. But I see that as a positive in the end, because I let go of a lot of those nasty feelings on the album and now I don’t have to carry them around with me. Plus, I feel like a lot of those feelings of disillusionment and isolation could resonate with a lot of people who are going through similar things.” – blvck mass

NOID + RAPHY- Atebet


Years after the first rumblings of based music, Detroit Lines is keeping the spirit of cloud rap alive and doing work to expand and evolve the genre with some of the waviest releases of the year. I was first turned on to the label by their compilation tape featuring some of my favorites -Squadda b, Prada Mane, and Killavesi. This latest release is nothing to sleep on either.